July 9, 2008
Good friends and implacable foes
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The internal fault lines within the church played themselves out by accepting conflicting overtures. The Assembly, acting on Committee Eleven's recommendation voted in Overture 11-06, which called for neutrality. In the days that followed, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network, one of the most hostile groups within the church, issued a release of its own of unvarnished lies. It ignored 11-06, and stated that the IPMN would not remain neutral, and continue in its previous ways. It will take constant vigilance by our Presbyterian friends to ensure that pockets of the church do not act as autonomous fiefdoms, aloof from the will of the people.
The Assembly, however, also accepted Overture 11-01 which accepted the "Amman Call," prepared by the World Council of Churches, whose enmity towards Israel knows no bounds. Beginning with the false premise that the occupation is illegal, if calls its end, dismantling of settlements, and razing of the security fence. Most disturbingly, it requires the unqualified "right of return" of Palestinians. This would mean that the "two-state solution" would quickly produce one state (Palestine) entirely free of Jews, and a second in which Jews would be a minority. There would be no Jewish State. Jews must be prepared to combat the latest weapon of those who believe they can destroy Israel in the court of world opinion. When we hear people calling for two states, we need to look for language that specifies that one of those is a Jewish state. Without that, they might as well call for driving the Jews into the sea.
Jews walk away from these gatherings with a heightened sense of the positive contributions of faith, in the company of people who for the most part are good, decent folks who care about God and care about their communities. Unfortunately, they also become critically aware of the machinations of our foes. The Amman Call is a Trojan horse that will produce two states, one immediately judenrein, the other that will quickly have Jews flee Israel as quickly as whites bolted from Zimbabwe. The reality of this looms so large that it requires no faith at all to see.
Rabbi Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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